Consumability of Animals Exposed to Radiation in a Post Attack Situation.
Preliminary rept. 1 Feb-30 Sep 72,
UT-AEC AGRICULTURE RESEARCH LAB OAK RIDGE TENN
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The utilization of meat for human consumption from animals exposed to lethal irradiation was examined. The initial objective was to determine if lethally irradiated pigs develop bacteremia and if subsequent invasion of the organs and muscles occurs. Pigs were subjected to gamma radiation and at determined intervals blood samples were obtained from all animals for bacteriologic examination. Muscle liver, spleen, lung, kidney and numerous lymph nodes were subjected to bacteriologic examination when the animals were terminated. A bacteremic state was not detected in one animal while another yielded positive isolates twice. The bacteremia, however, was transient in the remaining animals and was not detected at earlier or later sampling dates. At slaughter the irradiated animals yielded greater numbers and genera of bacteria from the muscles and organs than their respective controls. Modified author abstract
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition
- Civil Defense